Found April 16, 2012 on Baseball Prospectus:
Later tonight, the Pirates will take on the Diamondbacks. Pittsburgh is unlikely to start Pedro Alvarez because Joe Saunders is scheduled to take the mound for Arizona. Alvarez as a platoon player isn’t what the Pirates envisioned for him back on Draft Day 2008, but the reality is more grim. There are slow starts, and then there are 1-for-19 with 12 strikeout starts. Why is Alvarez floundering? I went back and reviewed his at-bats while taking some notes. April 5 First at-bat, facing Roy Halladay: Alvarez takes two breaking pitches outside of the zone before fouling off a 2-0 fastball inside. He takes a fastball away that looks to be outside, but gets called a strike anyhow. After taking another pitch for a ball then fouling a breaker off, Alvarez hits a ball solidly to center field, though the play itself is routine for the center fielder. Result: Seven-pitch flyout.   Second at-bat, facing Halladay: Halladay feeds Alvarez a fastball diet early on, tossing him four side (th...

Joel Hanrahan likely out until Friday

#Pirates closer Joel Hanrahan (tight hammy) likely not back in action until Friday. — Rob Biertempfel (@BiertempfelTrib) April 18, 2012   I guess it could be worse. The Pirates’ bullpen will already be depleted due to having to pitch eight innings on Tuesday night and will now be without their best pitcher in the series finale against Arizona. Hanrahan “tweaked” his hamstring...

D-backs come home to face struggling Pirates

Chris Young is off to another strong start, and there's good reason to believe he can keep it going against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Young has keyed the Arizona Diamondbacks' best start in four years heading into the opener of a 10-game homestand Monday night against the Pirates. Having a hot bat out of the gate is nothing new for Young. He hit .302 with three homers and...

Pittsburgh Pirates: Offensive Purgatory Just Getting Started

Follow me on Twitter @jim_krug All positives garnered from a surprising opening series victory over the cross-state rival Philadelphia Phillies was quickly forgotten after a Western massacre that would make even General George Custer sympathetic. Over the Pirates’ current 5-game losing streak at the hands of the Dodgers and Giants, the Buccos amassed only: 7 runs (1.4 per game...

Return of the road warrior

The Pirates stopped their skid and picked up a much needed win on Sunday thanks to some strong pitching, a little bit of offense, and insurance runs provided by some awesome bunts. Yep, awesome bunts. Let’s start with another unlikely contributor: Kevin Correia. Through nine games, Correia has pitched two of the three best outings by Pirates starters, and has been the best of the...

Pittsburgh Pirate Parrot Costume Update

The Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-4 in front of yours truly and 19,197 other people on Tuesday night at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona. The win improved the Pirates to 4-7 and moved their magic number to 77 games in pursuit of achieving my lofty preseason expectations of the Bucs- a non losing season after 19 consecutive...

The Pittsburgh Pirate Pacific Time Zone Challenge!

Tonight the Pittsburgh Pirates and their miserable offense will go head-to-head with potential Cy Young candidate Ian Kennedy in Arizona. The game will start a 9:40 PM in the Eastern Time Zone. Can you stay awake for the whole game? Why would you want to? Well, I'll probably be awake for the whole game, because that's how I roll. So take the challenge with me and with other...

It's only a matter of time, I hope

The Pirates face off against their old friend Ryan Vogelsong this afternoon, as they try to break out of a road-trip-long slump and get a positive result for the first time in a week. The Pirates have made a full losing turn of the rotation this week, so Kevin Correia takes the ball this afternoon to try and start a losing streak that started with him on Tuesday.Of course, the loss...

Another step back

It looked like the Pirates were ready to build some momentum coming off an encouraging victory on Sunday, but they weren’t able to sustain their early surge and fell right back in to their giant offensive slump. The Bucs jumped out to a quick lead in the first, but were only able to score once on three hits and a walk. Joe Saunders was not sharp early on, but Neil Walker‘s RBI...

Postgame Wrap: Number 42 Shines as Pirates Avoid the Sweep

Today’s postgamer is going to be pretty brief, in part because 1) I’m sick, 2) I prefer to write about games that were fun, and 3) Psych is beckoning to me from my Netflix account. But here goes: Ryan Vogelsong looked great. He got touched up for a couple runs in the second inning, but ended up getting 12 straight outs after that. Bruce Bochy had told us in Spring Training that...

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Arizona Diamondbacks – Game 10

I’m going to say something out of the ordinary for me.  Kevin Correia has to stay in the rotation. I can honestly say that I didn’t have him pegged for the first win of the season.  Oh well, I still think he is a marginal pitcher. First Pitch: 9:40 PM EST Where to Watch:  Root [...]
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